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Each week, The Sentinel publishes stories we receive to prompts in Kids World and on www.cumberlink.com. This week’s Kids Speak Out prompt was “I found a spider one day, and it surprised me when it ...”

“I found a spider one day, and it surprised me when it started to build a huge web. I was very, very surprised that day. My dad killed the spider and ruined the silly web. And that spider wasn’t even bad. But the spider scared my mom.”

Caroline French

Grade 1

Newville Elementary School

“I found a spider one day, and it surprised me when it started to wiggle. I was fascinated but creeped [out], so I just went outside ... but it followed me. When I got outside, it started to glow purple. It looked like it had powers ... so I tested it. And guess what? It could change into any animal. It could change into a unicorn.”

Lia Burger, 9

Grade 4

Elmwood Academy

“I found a spider one day, and it surprised me when it was fake. My mom and my dad said it was just a prank.”

Cameron Gamble

Grade 1

Newville Elementary School

“I found a spider one day, and it surprised me when it grew 10 feet tall and threw up candy. All the kids in the neighborhood ran to my house and started collecting and eating candy. I was so grossed out. Later that day, I peeked out of the window and saw that Fox 43 news channel was in my back yard. About one hour later, the spider had shrunk and was back to normal. I was so glad.”

Nora Smith, 10

Grade 4

Elmwood Academy

“I found a spider one day, and it surprised me when it jumped out at me. I ran away. I stopped running, and I went back and I squished it. I threw it far, far away in the deep, deep woods so I did not see it anywhere again. If I see it, I will squish it again and throw it deeper in the woods where it will not be seen anywhere in town and nobody will know.”

Alexys Jones

Grade 1

Newville Elementary School

“I found a spider one day, and it surprised me when it disappeared into thin air. That’s when I thought, ‘It can’t be camouflage, can it?’ But it was true. There were probably thousands of spiders in my house right now. If my mom found out, I would sleep outside with her until they were all gone. This was bad. Really bad. How was I going to get a camouflage spider out of my house before my mom came home? So I called the exterminator. When he got to the house, he was saying, ‘Wake up.’ It was all a dream that was crazy.”

Natalie G., 9 1/2

Grade 4

Elmwood Academy

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